Between electric cars in this country there was a gigantic g in both size and price. Choices like the Chevy Bolt EV and the Hyundai Kona Electric are reasonably affordable, but they’re small and their interiors frugal for the money. Above them – well above them – are high-priced luxury variants such as the Tesla Model S and X, the Audi E-Tron, the Jaguar I-Pace and the Porsche Taycan.
It’s really no surprise that the Tesla Model 3 has taken the country by storm. It fits in this electric g. At least in terms of price. Although the Model 3 is hugely successful, it’s still a sedan, and Americans want something that looks like an SUV. While there is the Tesla Model Y, it currently starts at around $ 50,000, which is above the g above. Perh’s future versions may change that, but for now …
Enter the Ford Mustang Mach-E, followed by the Nissan Ariya, Volkswagen ID.4, and as of today, the Hyundai Ioniq 5. Chevrolet even upgraded the Bolt in terms of size and interior vibe, though that’s not entirely true deal with the others, as you will see in a moment. Each of these represent a distinctly different take on a reasonably affordable EV crossover, but Chevy Art, they’re all about the same length and have about the same amount of starting power. There’s also a lot we don’t know about Ioniq 5, Ariya, and ID.4, which is why there are many TBAs listed in the Grh below. However, that’s all we currently know, and we thought it would help put this emerging class of “electric g” fillers into perspective.
Say what you want from electric cars, but they seem to be bringing rear-wheel drive back into fashion. Something called a “Mustang” that sends its electrons backwards should be obvious, but a Volkswagen or Hyundai? That’s pretty great.
In this comparison, it is also noticeable that the combinations of power, driven wheels and battery size are not consistent. For example, adding an additional four-wheel drive motor results in a massive increase in power and torque for the Ariya, an increase in torque but not power for the Mach-E, and no change whatsoever for the Ioniq 5. In the meantime, the addition a larger battery increases the performance of the Ioniq 5 massively, increases the output but not the torque of the Mach-E and does absolutely nothing for the Ariya. I don’t know why that is, but it is fascinating and I will look for answers. Stay tuned (or just explain).
Chevrolet, Ford and Nissan give a “usable” capacity for their batteries, as opposed to the “gross” amount you see at Volkswagen. For a myriad of reasons, an electric car is not using a full charge and therefore certain automakers feel it is better to report the amount the car actually has. Makes sense to us. Unfortunately, it makes comparisons like this a little difficult. Questions to Hyundai as to whether the Ioniq 5’s kWh figures can be used or whether the gross figures were not answered during an international press event.
The dimensions of the Ioniq 5 are strange. It’s the length and width of the Ariya, a pretty SUV-esque thing, but it’s the height of the deep-seated Mustang Mach-E. This suggests that the new Ioniq sure looks like a hatchback, even though “crossover” is tossed around. But that’s not the weird thing: check the wheelbase. As we pointed out in the Ioniq 5 reveal story, this wheelbase is longer than that of the Palisade. It’s about 9 inches longer than the Ariya and ID.4. Hyundai has not released interior dimensions, but we expect an astonishing amount of legroom to be available in the back seat. This seems to come at the expense of cargo capacity, which is Kona-esque at 18.8 cubic feet. However, the same rear seat is supposed to slide, which means there is actually more cargo space available.
The dimensions also show how much smaller the Bolt EUV is. I thought about not including it here, but for reference, why not? I also started picking up the Model Y, but it’s considerably larger and more expensive. It is only available with all-wheel drive. The battery capacities (whether usable or gross) are not listed on Tesla’s consumer page, nor are the information on power and torque listed. Shrug Emoji. Keep going.
In all fairness, there isn’t much to do here with all of these TBAs. Yet. That should change in the coming months. However, each of these new electric vehicles is fascinating as the Mustang Mach-E has already proven to be excellent. The electric g is finally being filled, and not just with boring, dorky Econocars. The Ioniq 5 is a wild pastiche from the 1980s. the Ariya an avant-garde Murano for the 2020s; the Mach-E channels the Mustang; The ID.4 is at least more full of character than a Tiguan. Things get interesting.
Hyundai Ioniq 5